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  • 7 Year Old Cries A Lot
    Parenting Question 7 year old has not outgrown tears - received September 12, 2007 Q. My oldest son will be turning 8 next month and cries over everything. He has been like this since he was a toddler and I thought it would be something he would grow out of but it doesn't seem like it's ever going to get better. It's creating a lot of stress in our family and I need advice on how to handle it better. Is it possible that he might have some underlying psychological issue that we need to talk to a counselor about? He lives in a nurturing family environment and his other younger brothers do not act like this. Please help! A.Hi, thanks for your question. Please also see my post on Tears & Tantrums When I read your question I was reminded of my sister talking about my niece. My niece was generally a happy child but she had a tendency to cry over the smallest things, often things that didn't make sense to anyone around her. For example, on a long trip the family typically would stop about 1/2 way to the destination, this was a favorite treat for the kids. My niece had fallen asleep in the car and when they reached the fast food stop my sister woke her up to tell her they had arrived. My niece promptly burst into tears - totally baffling her parents. Tears are the body's natural stress relief and some people are just better at it than others.
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